SO YOU WANT to LIVE in COSTA RICA the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise by Gary Davis – plumitapacifica.com

8 Mar

This is the continuation of a series of posts on my blog to promote the e-book SO YOU WANT to LIVE in COSTA RICA – which is a Guide to… the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise… This is a guide book that will give you the kind of insider’s knowledge that you might wish you had before you made your decision to move or not move to Costa Rica.

Every blog entry will start with the appendix because that way when you read whatever else I have posted it will 1. make sense (I hope) and 2. give you a point of reference in case you realize you need to read something that is “archived”.  Because if you read every blog I enter you will have eventually read the whole e-book and won’t need to order it for $2.99 from Amazon or B&N.  All you’ll be missing are the photos that show what you might expect if you choose to undertake the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise.

As I said, I will start each blog with the appendix so that the reader can reference important elements of the book to archived blogs.  The page numbers shown are the actual page they appear on in the book. Here is the Appendix – and these are all the nuggets and their corresponding page numbers:

Definition of “nugget” – 3, Doors & Windows – 7, Manufacturing – 11, Real Estate – 11, Shipping – 12,Maps, – 15, Corporations – 20, Traffic Cops – 23, Know basic Spanish – 30, Panama – 33, Roof Line – 42, Plumita Pacifica Web Address – 65, Getting the Best a Tico has to Offer – 84, Power Surges – 86, Liberia Airport – 88, Attitude – 104, Cellular Phones – 117, Newspapers – 18, Your Embassy – 137, Buying & Selling Cars – 154, Drive Slowly – 161, Arriving at the Airport – 168, Wages & Prices – 170, Undertows – 226, Life Ring – 230, Avoiding Customs Confiscations – 234, Driving Rules – 236, Walking in the City – 249, Purchasing Anything – 258, Buying Fresh Produce – 263, Bus Tickets – 272, to “Bribe” or not to “Bribe” – 313, Traffic ticket Prices – 315, Exiting the Country – 337

And just in case you’re interested… here’s the table of contents:

Introduction and Preliminary Comments – 3, My First Trip -15, Lost in Guanacaste – Playa Coyote – 20, Trust with a Child – 26, Lost in Panama – 29, Attorneys – 35, My Contractor – 38, My Security Guard – 61, My Toldo – 67, Getting a Land Line Phone and Internet – 76, A Cellular Phone – 115, A Country Doctor – 124, A Lesson Well Learned – 130, A Little Green Frog – 138, A Little Brown Frog and a Bat – 146, A “Murphy’s Law” Day – 153, Driving in the Rainy Season – 161, Drunk Drivers – 174, Fiesta del Toros – 185, Getting a Drivers License – 195, INS and a Minor Accident – 203, Lifeguards – 224, Passing through Customs – 232, Rules of the Road for Tico Driving – 236, San Jose – 241, Shopping and Making Tamales – 250, Taking the Bus – 272, Turtles in My Front Yard – 281, Untitled – 287, When it Rains it Pours (sometimes) – 294, She Found My Lot – 307, My First Traffic Ticket – 312, Ticket # 2 – 316, My Radar Detector – 318, Ticket # 3 (after a slow speed chase) – 324, A Christmas Parade – 338, Sex (the truth about ticos) – 343, Photo Album – 347, Appendix – 374

chapter 29 continued

One week later.  We had one on those spectacular light shows but, as Murphy would have it, a bolt of lightning hit the light pole at the main road, raced down to the pole at the entrance to my property and blew out the big transformer and my meter box.  So for a day and a half there has been no power here. 

Coincidentally, yesterday while I was in Santa Cruz, I went to the main office of the agency that offers electrical service and told them my power was out but they had been working in my area and didn’t realize I had a special problem.  They said the power would be back on by 4pm.  I didn’t question it because with my weak Spanish I thought they were aware of my problem.  Obviously they weren’t. 

I hate having a romantic candle light dinner by myself.  So this morning I took Mario and went back to the agency so he could explain.  They said they would be out this afternoon.  Sure enough, they showed up, drove this big truck right up to the entrance of my property, did enough to discover that they needed to replace all the stuff at the top of the pole and said they needed to go get all the new stuff. 

Well, it was heart warming to see them bury their truck trying to get out.  I figured that would give me one more arrow in my quiver when I go to the municipality to see about getting my road fixed.  They made a phone call and in less than thirty minutes here came a skip loader to pull them out.  I was hoping the guy with the skip loader would smooth out my road.  No such luck.  All he managed to do was to dig more huge ruts for me to get stuck in while he was trying to yank them out!  Mario, being the resourceful and helpful person he is, broke up some concrete, found a few wheelbarrow loads of rocks and filled the ruts enough so I can get out.   Actually, he filled the ruts in enough that I can get out without using 4 wheel drive (at least until the next good rain).   Ooops, I spoke to soon.   I needed 4×4 just hours after I typed that last line and it hasn’t rained for two days. 

In the meantime, the guy in the municipality that I need to have the face to face meeting with called to schedule an appointment.  Nice surprise, but I was on the bus at the time and didn’t have immediate access to my planner.   I agreed to meet with him on the day he suggested but didn’t discover until later that I will be in Ca. that week.  I called back and left a message requesting a schedule change with someone who said they would get it to him.  That was a week ago.  No call, I guess I have to call again.

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